‘The Originals’: Camille and Klaus’ Relationship Seemed ‘Forced’ To Some Fans

When Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) first appeared on The Vampire Diaries, he was the bad boy Original hybrid. He rolled into Mystic Falls looking to break the curse his mother put on him and create an army of hybrids. He caused much destruction in the town before returning to New Orleans, where he proclaimed himself the King of the French Quarter. There he meets and falls in love with a human turned eventual vampire, Cami. The two forge an on-again, off-again relationship that divided fans.

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Klaus’s debut in ‘The Vampire Diaries’

Before The Originals, fans first met Klaus during season three of The Vampire Diaries. He strolled into town, looking to create an army of his own hybrids. Hybrids? What’s that? Well, Klaus’s story is a little complicated. His mother was a witch who had an affair with a werewolf that resulted in baby Klaus. To keep the infidelity a secret from her husband, Klaus’s mother bound his werewolf side by a spell. 

Later, during skirmishes with the werewolves, his mother cast a spell on the family to protect them. That spell turned them into the first vampires. In order for Klaus to break his mother’s spell and tap into his werewolf side, he needs to find a doppelganger. That’s where Elena Gilbert, the main character of The Vampire Diaries, comes into play. Elena is possibly the last in the line of Petrova doppelgangers. Klaus comes looking for her to help break the spell and allow him to form an army of his own hybrids.

Returning to New Orleans and his relationship with Cami

After wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls for a few seasons, Klaus returns to New Orleans, a city he founded. He finds out that a one-night stand is carrying his unborn child and makes a deal with witches that he’ll overthrow the current vampire king of New Orleans in exchange for his child’s safety.

Klaus meets up with Camille, a human bartender, one night, and a friendship develops. He treats Cami as his confidant, and in turn, she tries to point out his rash behavior. Still, she understands that he’s complex and has a dark side. The two go on to have a messy and complicated relationship. It eventually turns romantic, but the pair face a slew of obstacles along the way.  

Cami is later turned into a vampire by one of Klaus’s ex-girlfriends. According to Fandom, she was bitten again by Lucien Castle, the first vampire turned by Klaus. His venom was deadly, and Cami dies in Klaus’s arms.  

What did fans think of their relationship?

Fans were divided over Klaus and Cami’s relationship. Some thought it was too forced and wished he ended up with Caroline Forbes instead. One user took to Reddit to express her feelings. “Cami was the most pointless useless character in WB/UPN/CW history. That they have that dolt the one Klaus is in love with is ridiculous.”

Others loved the Klaus/Cami connection and were devastated when she died. “I hated Camille when she was first introduced and thought she was the most annoying character, but then she began to develop and I started to like her and Klaus together. I think she genuinely balanced and grounded him. But then … just as I was starting to like her … Her death scene brought tears to my eyes, though. Her conversation with him and her fear. Ugh. The moment I really fall in love with her, they kill her.”

Some fans just rolled with the punches. “I liked Cami, and I preferred Klaus with her than with Caroline (even if I wasn’t totally on board with it at first).”